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Benton Lakes Lennar Homes Mandarin
Benton Lakes Mandarin

We stop by the Lennar's newest development Benton Lakes in Mandarin for a look at all the new homes they have to offer.  The Benton lakes neighborhood is nestled in the lovely Mandarin area, with it's convenient location.  Home's such as the single story Spirit Model starts at 1868 sq/ft up to the Serenata which offers over 3000 sq/ft of luxury living space.  Click after the break for more pics.


Shorter Short Sale Process

The “Short Sale Slog,” promises to gain some speed, based on new requirements for the servicers regarding the settlement process: New rules are going into effect to goose up the short sale process, and get these deals done. Finally.

It’s part of a settlement with state attorneys general, and it affects the five largest mortgage servicers in the business. We’re finally seeing some indication of [maybe just a whiff of] a sense of urgency emanating from the big lenders that they are going to really try to shorten the short sale process. Servicers have 30 days to provide borrowers with a decision after receiving a short sale package request. They must also, within 30 days, notify the borrow if any necessary documents are missing. Servicers must let the borrower know ASAP if a deficiency payment is needed to approve the short sale. (They also have to provide an estimated amount for the deficiency payment needed to close the sale).  More after the break.

Rivertown Clubhouse Amenities Complex - Pool area
Rivertown Clubhouse Amenities Complex - Pool area

We stop by to take a look at construction of Rivertown's Clubhouse Amenities Complex which is moving along nicely! The clubhouse amenities will feature a fitness/lap pool, splash pool with a slide tennis courts, stadium court and play fields. Construction is slated to be completed in a month, with the grand opening following shortly.  

If you have missed it, Rivertown has recently had their Grand Opening for their Riverfront Park, which allows access to the beautiful St. Johns River.


220 Riverside Apartment Complex

There’s news out this week that Hallmark Partners is planning to develop a stretch of Riverside Avenue into a mixed-use community, which will include a seven- story, 294-unit apartment complex, and nearly 15,000 square feet of retail space.

The Builder Hallmark owns 6.5 acres within the Brooklyn section of Riverside, within the boundaries Riverside Avenue, Forest, Magnolia and Jackson streets. They’re planning to begin construction in the summer, and estimates are that the $37 million project could be completed by the end of 2013. One of the unique features of the development is the inclusion of an urban park and amphitheater.


Mandarin Rent to Own: 11504 Sedgemoore Dr E
Mandarin Rent to Own: 11504 Sedgemoore Dr E

Looking for a Rent to Own in Mandarin area?  Take a look at this, immaculate pool home on 1/2 acre available in the desirable Ramsgate Neighborhood in Mandarin.  This is a 4 Bedroom / 4.5 Bath Home with many upgrades, a must see!

For more information on this home please visit: 11504 Sedgemoore Dr E Jacksonville, FL 32223


Deals on Wheels

Ryan and Kristal Kempenich, Minneapolis/St. Paul realtors, specialize in foreclosures, and they know you’ve got to act fast, given the deep discounts that can shake the competition into action in a matter of hours, not days. They found that they were losing sales, based only on the delay it took to get back to the office to create an offer.

So Ryan and Kristal roll big time in their 14-year-old, 30-foot-long Bentley knockoff white stretch limo that has everything needed to do business built in to the rolling real estate enterprise.  They found the vehicle on Craigslist for $13K, and they’re now able to create and submit an offer for a client right as they sit comfortably in their “deals-on-wheels” limo in front of the house.

Rivertown David Weekley Homes - The Evandale, Living Area
Rivertown David Weekley Homes - The Evandale, Living Area

David Weekley in Rivertown join's in on the fun during the sneak peek week offering a view at their showcase homes.  The Evandale model is now currently available for viewing.  The model features a 4 Bedroom, 3 bath layout that includes a retreat and a bonus room.  Opening the front door this home welcomes guests in, in a friendly yet formal way, showcasing its elegant features and wonderful flow.


Rivertown Mattamy Home Preview - Dining Room
Rivertown Mattamy Home - The Laurel, Dining Room

Mattamy kicked off their Sneak Peek Week, offering a look into the beautiful new Home Models available in the Rivertown Community.  Rivertown features a unique collection of innovative homes designed to appeal to young families searching for an affordable, full featured neighborhood located in St. Johns County.  Single Family homes range from 1,600 - 3,200 sq/ft with a variety of exterior designs to add individuality to your home and provide a more beautiful streetscape.


Rivertown Dennis Homes - The Edgewater
Rivertown Dennis Homes - The Evandale

Dennis Homes offers a sneak peek at their Home Models in the RiverTown master planned Community located on approximately 3.5 miles of the St. Johns River. Homes in Rivertown include features found in the architectural style of American Farmhouse, Art & Crafts, Colonial/Classic Revival, and Mediterranean styles. Single Family homes range from 2,007 - 2,664 sq/ft with a variety of exterior designs to add individuality to your home and provide a more beautiful streetscape.


We sit down with our recent seller client Robby, as he speaks about his experience with Bloom Realty.  Robby, is almost at a loss for words when speaking about his experience with Bloom Realty. Robby was in a tight situation and needed to get his house sold fast due to a new job in St. Louis. He contacted us and we were able to get his house under contract in less than two weeks.


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